The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
An aircraft with large wings may have more than thirty thousand clamps installed within its walls. These clamps are used to support cables that provide oxygen, power, and communications all throughout the aircraft. Each clamp is installed manually by an aircraft mechanic.Installation of a typical clamp, such as a p-clamp, involves inserting a screw through the clamp to form a closed loop that bundles the cable, and fastening the screw with a screwdriver into an insert in the wall of the aircraft. Each clamp installationmay require or require additional parts (e.g. spacers, spacers washers and cable ties made of plastic etc.) To properly secure aircraft cables, ensure that they are secure and adhere to the specifications of the manufacturer. Some aircraft electrical standards require that oxygen cables be located at a specific distance from specific types of wires within the aircraft. The mechanics of the aircraft are therefore faced with the cumbersome task of manually assembling various spacer/clamp combos to make sure the cables are secure in a specific distance from one another throughout the aircraft.
The mechanic of the aircraft is tasked with ensuring each clamp holds its cable against the plane’s wall in line with the load and vibration requirements to fly. In order to accomplish this, the mechanic may use additional hand tools like a glue gun tostrengthen the bond between a wall insert and a metal screw. But, tightly secured clamps may be irremovable for replacement or maintenance procedures unless the mechanic for the aircraft uses additional hand tools to remove the clamps. Thus, current methods for securing cables for aircraft are laborious and require a variety of hand tools and parts which increase the risk that foreign objects will be left behind that can cause damage or injury to the aircraft. It is therefore necessary to design better cable securing devices that are simple to install and remove from a range of spaced configurations, with minimal or no hand tools and can mount cables securely to meet aircraft vibration and load requirements.
Embodiments described herein provide a cable mounting device. It is unibody and includes a cable tie at the top. Cables are connected to the cable tie from above and along the sides of the device. The device also comes with a substrate attachment feature on the base of the device that can be mounted to any measured hole. In order to install the device into the substrate that has standard holes, you don’t require inserts or other fastener components. An opening in the body exposes an integral rivet, which can be reached by hand through the body. The rivet is slideable inside the body to cause expansion/retraction at the base that is mounted, which allows for the removal of the single-piece device off the substrate. Because the cable tie integrated near the top end of the device bundles cables above and down the side of the device, another similar cable mounting device may be stacked at the top of the device and firmly placed into the top opening on the top of the device in the same way as the hole in the substrate. Furthermore the side access of the rivet allows a user to take it off, alter, or re-mount the device in the hole when it is in a stacked configuration. The cable mounting device therefore allows cables to be secured firmly, quickly and in various spacing configurations without the need for additional equipment or parts that need that are left on the job site.
An apparatus comprising a cable tie mounting is an of the examples. The tie mount comprises an extended spacer body with a base and a top end distal from the base. The cable tie mount also includes a cable fastener integrallyformed by placing the spacer to one side of the body that is that is close to the top. The cable fastener comes with the lockable head as well as a strap, and an opening that joins to form a closed loop. This loop is not overlying the space just above the spacer’s highest point.
A further embodiment of the cable tie mount is that it has a rivet that is integrated inside the spacer. The spacer has an opening to reveal the rivet within the spacer’s elongated body. Another type of rivet includes a head as well as an ashank that extends out from it. A plug that expands is constructed at the base end outside the spacer. The expandable plug has an opening in the base at its base. It is comprised of a variety of legs and a slit that is situated between the legs. The legs are configured to expand in radial direction away from one another as the shank is pulled through the base opening and then into the slit through an force applied to the head of the rivet. In yet a further embodiment one, a part of the head protrudes fromthe notch to be exposed outside the spacer.
Another example is an apparatus that includes an a-mount for cable. Cable tie mount is a spacer with an elongated, hollow body, distal part from the base, and a hollow cavity between the top and base. A notch is also included on one side of the elongated bodies which lets the spacer’s hollow chambers. The cable tie mount additionally includes a cable fastener formed within the body’s elongated form, and a rivet with head, shank, as well as an expandable plug distal from the head.The base end is equipped with an opening in the base that is smaller than the hollow. The head is positioned inside the hollow cavity, and is larger than the opening in the base. To let the expandable plug to expand it must be able to fit through the opening in the base. The expandable plug is formed at the base to project outwards from the spacer and the notch exposes the head through the side of the elongated body. In a further version, the top of the spacer includes an opening that is large enough to accept an expandable plug for a different cable tie mounting.
A different type of apparatus comprises a plurality cable tie mountings. These include the first and second tie mountings. Each cable tie mount includes an elongated spacer with a top end, a top distal to the top, a hollow cavity at the bottom end, and a top distal to the top, a spacer with an elongated, hollow body and a screw which is joined to the spacer. It includes a head, shank and an expandable plug distal The top part has a narrower top opening than the hollow cavity. The base side has a base opening that is smaller than the hollow cavity. The spacer is a hollow cavity that houses the head and is wider than the opening for the base. The shank extends out into the opening at the base and is slideable inside it. The expandable plug is positioned from the base end of the spacer. The expandable plug on the second cable tie mount is inserted inside the top opening of the first mount and allows you to place the second mount over the first cable tie.
This summary gives a brief outline of some elements of the specification. It is not an exhaustive outline of the specifications. This summary is not intended to pinpoint the key elements or essential aspects of the specification, nor does it define the scope of any particular versions or claims. Its sole purpose is to present some aspects of the specification in a simplified form in preparation for the more detailed explanation that will be presented later.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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